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. officials shut down both directions of u.s. 1 and students at nearby university of maryland have received notice of university of miami -- university of miami and have received notice of the hostage situation. >>> a commuter alert now in virginia. state police are on the scene of a serious multicar crash on eastbound i-66. officials tell 9 news now all lanes of eastbound i-66 have been shut down after a collision involving at least three vehicles prior to the roosevelt bridge. we are just getting in good news from these motorists. it may not look like it on this shot but parts of the lane are open and some traffic is getting through in the area. fire officials say initial 918 calls indicated the motorist that caused the crash may have suffered an emergency. several victims were transported from the scene. again, some of the lanes of eastbound 66 have reopened but traffic will be delayed for a while there. >>> firefighters are keeping an eye on the burning rubble of what used to be two homes in northern virginia. still winds helped to spread the flames among several houses in manassas near
that this was important to us. what i've said to prime minister netanyahu is that given so far the talks are moving forward in a constructive way, it makes sense to extend that moratorium so long as the takes are moving in a constructive way. because ultimately the way to solve these problems is for the two sides to agree, what's it going to be, israel? what's it going to be, the state of palestine? and if you can get that agreement, then you can start constructing anything that the people of of israel see fit. now, i think the policies of prime minister netanyahu is very different. there has been a coalition that says, we don't want to continue this. so i've said, you've got to show the israeli public that you are serious and constructive in these talks so that the politics for prime minister netanyahu, if he were going to extend the settlement moratorium, would be a little bit easier. and, you know, one of the goals i think that i've set for myself and for my team is to make sure that president habas and prime minister netanyahu start thinking about, how can they help the other succeed as opposed
just learned that green party u.s. senate candidate natasha pettigrew has died. she was riding her bike near prince georges community college in largo when she was struck. the driver, christy littleford said she thought she hit an animal and drove to her home even though the bicycle was lodged under her suv. at this point, police have not charged littleford. we are continuing to follow the story and also the robbery. more redales on -- details on our website wusa9.com and on 9news now beginning at 5:00 p.m. >>> d. c. police have charged adams of maryland with involuntarmanslaughter. 26-year-old julia bartletter of austria was killed. the accident happened nearly two weeks ago near 18th street northwest in the adams morgan area. adams was driving under the influence when the crash happened. >>> the growing problem of texting and talking while driving is taking center stage today in washington. transportation secretary ray lahood is hosting a distracted driving summit. at the same time, the d. c. police are cracking down on drivers. kristin fisher spent the morning at a check point where
>>> this is 9 news now. >>> hello. i'm jc hayward. thanks for joining us. our 9 news now team called it. our weather team said we were going to have storms and storms we have had. and they have been causing problems because there are pockets in our region dealing with flooding. the driver of a car in annandale, taking a look right now at the picture, he had to be rescued. he was in deep water. the question remaining is, how much longer before it's over. so let's get to our meteorologist howard who has more on the day's storm alert. >> jc, tropical rains have been phenomenal. they are letting schools out and i doubt they will be going again tomorrow down there. the back edge and western sections pull in to west central virginia. in a few hours we will start to see a lull. we are not done with the rain yet. the tropical connection going to the atlantic and looks like another wave may be forming so that more rain could be tonight in to tomorrow. and with all of the rain we have had, the light greene county, the entire metro region, southern maryland, culpeper, up to pennsylvania,
for coverage of the monday post game press conferences that will be held tonight during the u.s. open. if you would like to read more on the redskins victory and other results around the league go to our website at wusa9.com. click on the sports tab. >>> authorities are looking for a gunman who apparently is targeting law enforcement officers in calvert county, maryland. someone sprayed two homes with bullets. a st. mary's county sheriffs deputy lives in one house and a maryland state trooper lives in the other. the families of both officers were home when the shots rang out. officers have been told to take necessary precautions. >> my son just moved his wife and child out. state police, our sheriffs deputies have taken that same action until we get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: investigators believe the shootings may be in retaliation of the recent arrest of suspected gang members. they say some alleged gang members have openly threatened officers. >>> a suspect wanted in connection with a deadly shooting in fairfax county is now in police custody. 44-year-old david patten has been cha
at the time of the attack. >> it is scary because a lot of us go out all times of day or night depending on your jobs, it to think somebody could be lurking in the neighborhood is upsetting. >> it is creepy. i can't believe it happened so close to home. >> reporter: kristin fisher, 9 news now. >> if you have any information this about case please call crime solvers at 1-866-411- tips. >>> well, christmas can be celebrated in leesburg because the county board of supervisors voted yesterday to permit holiday religious displays in front of the county courthouse. in previous years, there was a nativity scene a menorah and sikh prayers. board member steven miller cast the only vote against the proposal. >> i don't want any witness or juror to walk in to that courthouse, past a sign that says merry christmas to the white christians of loudoun brought to you by the ku klux klan. what we signed today will authorize that. >> reporter: loudoun county officials say that holiday displays will go to the fist ten groups that apply. >>> a montgomery county ride on bus is a complete loss following a fir
>>> hello, i'm jc hayward. thanks for being with us. iran's president, mahmoud ahmadinejad is in new york for the annual general is assembly being held at the united nations. this comes as two americans are held in jail in iran. their mothers are asking for a face-to-face meeting with the iranian president. >> reporter: he was smiling for the meeting in new york, but the mothers of two hikers still in prison in iran would like their turn for a meeting. >> we are mothers. we are not politicians. and we are just very, very eager, clearly to have our children returned to us. >> the family members spoke at a news conference with sara shourd, who just returned after a year in custody in iran. shourd said until the two other hikers are leigh -- released, she does not feel relieved. >> this is not the time to celebrate. my disappointment in not sharing this with shane and josh is crushing and i stand before you today only one-third free. >> reporter: a ahmadinej ad is attending conferences until the general assembly opens later in week but having him in town gives protestors a ch
>>> this is 9 news now. >>> i'm jc hayward. thanks for joining us. council chairman vincent gray won the democratic mayoral primary unseating mayor fenty. gray is holding a news conference right now. so let's get right to it. kristin fisher is standing by at the washington hotel in northwest washington. >> reporter: after a wild night of waiting for all the returns to come in, we are moments away from hearing from vince gray. we're expecting him to discuss the next steps for his campaign. he will be on the ballot in the november general election, but keep in mind there is no republican challenger, so gray will almost certainly be dc's next mayor, barring something absolutely crazy from happening from now until then. gray beat fenty by seven points. it was 53% to 48%, which is closer than the polls predicted. we are waiting for 10% of the returns to come in, but the voting broke down geographically. here's how fenty took wards one, two, three and six. that's predominantly northwest, central dc, georgetown, dupont, captiol hill, chinatown and gray took four, five, seven, eight and
're in ocean city with the latest on conditions and preparations for that storm. scott, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, just like howard, the emergency managers at ocean city's emergency operations center are watching the forecast carefully. they're going to take a look at the midday forecast in a 1:00 meeting today and likely at the meeting they will make decisions here at ocean city along maryland's coast about whether or not to ratchet up the level of preparedness. right now they're preparing for the worst and hope for the best, as howard was just suggest, the stormtrack looks like it will be taken off the coast but the cone of indecision in those forecasts does cover ocean city so they are going to prepare for that today. right now, they're talking about the possibility of tropical storm force wind for a period of time on friday. some big sur of and maybe 2 or 3 inches of rain. they're hoping the storm will be moving very quickly and that will minimize the chance of serious beach erosion. one of the big problems they dealt with here last weekend with hurricane danielle, several
it will be a great 13 hours leading us to victory at 8:00 tonight. >> reporter: across town in southeast washington, his challenger, dc council chair vincent gray cast his vote at the senior wellness center. >> i was undecided when i got there. i absolutely voted for vincent gray. i think he is the best candidate. i have known the man all of my life and studied his record. a absolutely sterling record. >> reporter: 15,000 dc residents had voted by the time the polls opened at 7:00 on tuesday morning. the latest polls put gray between 7 and 17 points ahead of fenty. >> i think he is doing a good job with the city and i hope the next four years are just as good if not better. >> it is good because gray offers the people better opportunity. mr. fenty has not been a good mayor or taken the time to look at everybody in the community. he's only looked at a surgeon segment of the community. >> reporter: if the race is a blowout, we will have a winner tonight. if it is close it could be a few days. keep in mind this is the first year for same day registration in the district than that could complicate thin
's performance. joel brown shows us what both sides are doing to win over voters. -- voters. president obama's schedule includes a handful of events in intimate settings like this one in virginia last week where he can take off his jacket and talk face to face, persuading undecided voters not to vote republican in november. the president needs that message to work. control of congress is at stake on election day and polls show voters believe it's the republicans who will create jobs and fix the economy. >> elections at this point in the game are as much about emotion as they are about policy choices. democrats feel better about the president, about the prospects for his agenda. then they will show up in the polls. >> reporter: the white house is also trying to recapture some of the magic from the 2008 campaign. kicking off a series of college campus rallies aimed at firing up young voters. they turned out in huge numbers two years ago, exit polls from election night show two-thirds of people, between the ages of 18 and 29 voted for obama but getting them back out to the polls won't be easy.
. >> the court-martial system will be used in a manner that disregards the defendant's rights. >> reporter: the defense wants the army to close future proceedings to reduce the media frenzy surrounding the case. 13 people were killed. more than 30 others wounded in the ft. hood shooting. hassan once worked at walter reed army medical hospital and lived in the dc area. >>> now the primaries are history, the white house is looking forward to the general elections in november. president obama encouraged hispanics last night to remember democrats have been in their corner all along. >> don't forget who cut taxes for working families. don't forget who your friends are. don't forget. >> reporter: president obama was addressing the congressional hispanic caw us is institute 33rd annual gala last night. >>> and president obama and fellow democratic congressman gerry connolly of virginia have a different of opinion. the president wants to extend the bush-era tax cuts, but only for families bringing in less than $250,000 a year. republicans want to keep the tax cuts for everyone, including the count
. >> reporter: well, witnesses tell us a young mother and two of her children are dead this morning after a terrifying and desperate scene here at this terrace town home this morning. it started around 8:30. the fire was raging. neighbors heard screaming. they heard what sounded like explosions. they saw a man who looked to be in shock kind of writhing on the ground. that was probably the children's uncle who caught the baby as the mother threw that baby, a baby under one year old, threw the child out the window. the uncle catches the baby. the mother goes and tells two other children ages 6 and 8 to jump out a second floor window. they jump. they're okay. they go to a neighbor's house. and they all hope that the mother's going to come out. and the two other children come out but that doesn't happen. the fire is too strong and the mother and two children do not make it out. the mother cannot save herself or her two other children. [ indiscernible ] >> anything. >> watch and wait for everybody to come. that was the hard part. and i knew that the kids were still in there. i knew the kids we
joining us with more. >> reporter: jessica, investigators are on the scene trying to find out the cause of the fire. they know it started on the fifth floor and went up through the stairwell. the fire was so intense that one person jumped out the window. >> there was one resident, who did jump from the interior of the building to escape the fire. >> reporter: that man died a short time later. four others are in critical condition, including a child. eight people were transported to lock a hospitals. 40 others were treated on the scene. >> got my girlfriend out of bed and ran through. she got her and the cat. she's in the hospital and i'm going to see her right now. >> reporter: witnesses say they woke up to the sound of alarms. >> i heard screaming. so i opened up the door and saw on my floor there was furniture in the hallway that was on fire. >> reporter: this man lives on the fifth floor and he says the night before he noticed the furniture in the common area, close to where the fire started. >> it was a lot of smoke, and my hall was pretty lit up with flames. yeah, pretty scary. >>
>>> hello. i'm jc hayward. thank you for joining us. a developing story from bethesda, maryland is topping our newscast this afternoon. montgomery county police say they are looking for a man who took a shot at his exgirlfriend this morning. the woman was not harmed, but joshua prince is considered armed and dangerous. he is on the loose with a high- powered rifle. bruce leshan has more information in this live report. bruce? >> reporter: this is so close totaledden middle school and walter johnson high school that police ordered both schools locked down, code blue. that has been lifted now because police think it is more likely than not that he has fled the area but police are on the scene in case he comes back. it happened right behind me. police say the 32-year-old josh la prince fired at at least one shot at his exgirlfriend who was outside of her apartment on rock forest drive. she ran for her life, banging on neighbors ' doors pleading for someone to take her in. she had apparently got an restraining order against prince a week ago. tactical teams surrounded the area but t
are talking to the driver to find out exactly what happened. >> and u.s. capital police shot a man early this morning who was carrying a gun on capitol hill. shots rang out at 2nd and c streets southwest. our 9news now has the latest from the scene. >> 5:00 a.m. friday, a lookout is broadcast over radio. there's a man with a gun wandering around capitol hill. >> shortly after that initial lookout went out, capital police saw that suspect standing just over there at the intersection of 2nd and c street. he was standing there and he was holding that weapon. the officers observed the man brandishing a weapon. he matched the exact lookout. the officers fired, fearing for their lives. >> u.s. capital police say the officer shot the suspect after he failed to comply with their orders to drop the weapon. police won't say how many shots were fired, nor will they say where the suspect was hit. he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. >> at this point, i don't have an id on the suspect and i don't have the suspect's condition. >> several streets were shut down during the morning rush as
>>> hello. thanks for joining us one week after the discovery headquarters standoff, police had another dangerous situation in southeast washington. this time it ended peacefully. our 9 news now kristin fisher was there and has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: it all started 4:30 this morning when a woman walked in to the street, flagged down an officer and told them there was a man pointing a gun at a woman inside of this home. >> our officers responded to the scene, secured a perimeter and summoned our emergency response team [ sirens ] >> it was more than 40, maybe 30 police cars 5:30 this morning. it was a pretty good number of cars. >> reporter: the suspect held the woman hostage four hours inside of this home. finally at 8:30 the suspect surrendered. no one was injure and no shots were fired. police are trying to find the suspect's alleged gun and trying to figure out a motive and the relationship between his suspect and hostage. both are safe and in police custody. neighbors say they are relieved the standoff ended peacefully but are quick to point out all of
. >> show us the other one. >> this is the fraudulent ball lot and it has senator muse face on it but he does not endorse the persons inside of the ballot. >> the key now is to track down who did it, make sure they are publicly exposed for trying to put this fraud over on the public. >> maryland attorney general doug gansler says his office is investigating the fake flyers. >>> someone is launching a negative campaign against dc council member jim graham. over the weekend, ward 1 res differences started to receive anonymous automated phone calls attacking graham. both of graham's opens deny having anything to do with those calls. graham's campaign says it is working with police, the fbi and the federal communications commission. >>> well, in the race for dc mayor, polls are showing a growing gap between the incumbent, mayor fenty and council chairman vincent gray and this week, both will sit down with our bruce johnson for candid conversations about their candacecys. that will begin tonight with dc mayor fenty and his wife michelle an here's a preview. -- and here's a preview. >> everyth
propane tanks, like the kind that a camper might use in a little stove. he also had two pipe bombs that had shotgun shes in them. >> reporter: this man said he saw lee with the two bobs in wheaton. he stood out because he almost gotten in to a fight with lee for handing him a christian care card. >> he tore it to pieces. i wanted to show it to a not to dispose of it. >> you are sure the same guy. >> same guy. same uniform. everybody was scared [ inaudible ] i said no you are going to be a good man if you can change your ways. >> clearly that man was not able to help lee change his ways in time. one thing i want to point out, the police chief says while they were negotiating with lee, they could see he was holding a switch in his hand. it was small and looked like a cell phone with a large antenna and the fear is that he might have been able to activate explosive devices. it did not happen but that just goes to show you one of the many scary variables that negotiators were able to deal with during yesterday's standoff. >> it was scary indeed. >> kristin fisher is live from silver sp
down shortly. the clouds have been back toward us keeping the temperatures at bay. in the low 80s. go to the radar and zoom in a little bit and you can see how the storm is moving in. it is almost even with cbs hictague here. i put the winds down with the radar. we will go to my night an you can see the storm had big winds. as we went through overnight they had more gusts. norfolk gusts of 28. through now, winds 32 hatteras, 22 norfolk. 28 ocean city. the winds mainly off shore. in fact this buoy here, north winds gusting to 38. that is east of fenwick island. that is where the heart of the heaviest winds are. still in ocean city with winds of 28 miles an hour and big waves it has been an impressive morning. scott, how's it going out there now? >> the story so far has been the surf. the winds have been relatively manageable, not much more than 2 -- 20 to 25 miles an hour. the beef is close -- the beach is closed because of the threat of rip currents. i'm standing in water here. this is unusual in ocean city. you don't see this but a few times a year an the water is almost up to the se
os. >>> thank you for joining us. i'm jessica doyle. jc hayward has the day off. >>> it has been raining virtually nonstop and that could pose a problem for low lying areas. let's get right to meteorologist howard bernstein. >> we're doing okay now, jess, but we have had some very heavy downpours. depending on 0 how things shape up today and tonight, it could be a very difficult rush hour. maybe a rumble of thunder coming right up 95 into montgomery and howard county. going to zoom in and show you these are tropical type rains. we're talking rainfall rates a couple of inches per hour while it's raining. that's why we're looking at ponding on the roads. you see it in bethesda, arlington, rockville, gaithersburg, headed to damascus. even on 29 as you are coming out of montgomery into howard county, we are seeing heavy showers lifting off to the north. on the weather computer there's a large area of rain and thunderstorms extending from the northern gulf of mexico through the south right toward us. we've had some breaks, but we're also looking at potentially some of our best rainfall we've
for joining us. i'm jc hayward. tough talk this morning from president obama at today's annual united nations general assembly. however, the president's sharpest criticism was reserved for iran and its nuclear program. manuel gallegus reports. >> reporter: president obama is urgently requesting world leaders get behind the middle east peace process. >> we can say this time will be different that this time we will not let terror or turbulence or posturing or petty politics stand in the way. >> reporter: as the u.s. leaves two states living side by ' side in peace he says the international community must do its part. >> many count themselves as friends of the palestinians. these pledges of friendship must be supported by deeds. >> reporter: president obama called on arab states to step up political and financial aid to the palestinian authority. he said he wanted to see a secure israel and welcome an independent palestine state to the general assembly next year. in his second address to the united nations, the president highlighted the u.s. role in pulling the global economy back from the brink
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